The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), The University of Rwanda (UR) and The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, have created a One Health Collaborative (OHC) with a mission to “train the next generation of leaders through a One Health approach; utilizing systems thinking to equitably improve the health of humans, animals, and the environment using multidisciplinary training, evidence-based research, and implementation science.” The OHC serves as an interdisciplinary framework that anchors UGHE’s and UR’s health science research and training around One Health (OH) principles. These innovative programs will yield global health leaders with a strong technical fluency in OH.
A key component of this mission is the One Health Fellowship program. This is a bilateral, global exchange initiative, designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance One Health leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between the Fellows, Rwandan institutions, and partners in the United States (US). The Fellowship program creates a network of OH leaders who can use their professional knowledge to minimize public health threats in their countries and communities through targeted OH leadership training, deliberately crafted fellowship placements, and creation of strategic and sustainable partnerships.
The Fellowship program will launch recent graduates and young OH leaders on career paths by giving them a broader set of working experience and skills. Recent graduates, as well as junior faculty from UGHE and UR will be selected to participate in the Fellowship program. Young leaders who play vital roles in strengthening their communities by building resiliency in the face of public health threats are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be selected from a range of disciplines, including medicine, veterinary medicine, social and environmental sciences, nursing, policy, customs, gender and women’s empowerment, media, psychosocial health, and community organization.